Facebook stays online in Thailand — for now

Facebook stays online in Thailand — for now Last week, Thailand's government told Facebook that it had to take down 131 web addresses the country saw as threatening state security or insulting to its king, Maha Vajiralongkorn. There was an understandable groundswell of concern that Thailand wo… Source: Engadget Link: Facebook stays online in Thailand […]

Recommended Reading: What if there were a PBS of social networks?

Recommended Reading: What if there were a PBS of social networks? The Case for a Taxpayer-Supported Version of Facebook Ethan Zuckerman, The Atlantic What if there were a publicly-funded social network open to all that provided a diverse world view rather than an echo chamber catered to one's deeply-held princip… Source: Engadget Link: Recommended Reading: […]

Facebook Thinks Saying "Men Are Trash" Is Hate Speech

Facebook Thinks Saying "Men Are Trash" Is Hate Speech As the old saying goes, “men are trash.â€? If you’re a twenty-something woman, you’ve probably said this phrase to your friends at least once, possibly over alcoholic drinks after a man has done something bad. Or perhaps you’ve said it to coworkers after your dumb boss […]

Facebook Claims It's Going to Stop Spamming You

Facebook Claims It's Going to Stop Spamming You Your Facebook News Feed is about to change, yet again, and it’s because the social media giant wants you to be better informed. Read more… Source: Lifehacker Link: Facebook Claims It's Going to Stop Spamming You

Facebook Hires Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra to Lead its Virtual Reality Division

Facebook Hires Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra to Lead its Virtual Reality Division Facebook has hired Xiaomi executive Hugo Barra to lead its virtual reality business, following the vice president’s announcement earlier this week that he would be leaving the Chinese smartphone maker. On Monday, the former Android executive at Google said he would be returning […]

Facebook Begins Testing Ads in Messenger App

Facebook Begins Testing Ads in Messenger App Facebook today announced that it has begun testing ads in the Messenger app. The test will be limited to users in Australia and Thailand and will allow businesses to place ads on the Messenger home screen below favorite users and most recent conversations. The company says that “no […]

Facebook Continues Copying Snapchat by Testing Out 'Stories' Update in Ireland

Facebook Continues Copying Snapchat by Testing Out 'Stories' Update in Ireland After copying Snapchat inside of Instagram with last year’s “Instagram Stories” update, Business Insider today learned that Facebook is gearing up to launch the exact same feature in its mainline Facebook mobile app. Now called “Facebook Stories,” the social media company is bringing over […]

ImageGate: Ransomware Spreading Via JPG Files on Social Networks

ImageGate: Ransomware Spreading Via JPG Files on Social Networks Who doesn’t love a good scary problem that has a “-gate” suffix? An Israeli security firm has dubbed a particularly nasty outbreak of ransomware “ImageGate” and that will help us all remember that if you receive a random image on your favorite social network, you probably […]

Report: Research Suggests That Russia Played a Major Role in Spreading Fake News 

Report: Research Suggests That Russia Played a Major Role in Spreading Fake News  Speculation about Russia’s interference in the U.S. Presidential election has run rampant throughout the campaign. Now, researchers from two independent groups have confirmed that Putin’s minions wielded a complex misinformation apparatus to unleash a “firehose of falsehood” on the American public. Read […]

We Need to Stop Taking Facebook's Word For It [Vol. 2]

We Need to Stop Taking Facebook's Word For It [Vol. 2] If you were to read The Verge’s glossy 2,ooo-word exclusive about Facebook’s first test flight of an internet-beaming drone, you’d think the June 28th flight was an unmitigated success. Published with photos provided by Facebook on the same day the company announced the test […]

MasterCard Announces Facebook Messenger Bot for Purchases and Account Management

MasterCard Announces Facebook Messenger Bot for Purchases and Account Management During the Money 20/20 conference taking place in Las Vegas this week, MasterCard announced that it’s creating a chatbot for Facebook Messenger that will allow customers to “transact, manage finances, and shop via messaging platforms.” Like many other companies, MasterCard is getting in on the […]

Facebook censored a cartoon breast cancer awareness campaign

Facebook censored a cartoon breast cancer awareness campaign Facebook still has a thing or two to learn about what's considered acceptable in your timeline. The social network is catching flak after it briefly took down an ad for Cancerfonden's breast cancer awareness campaign that included cartoon representa… Source: Engadget Link: Facebook censored a cartoon breast […]

Facebook's Messenger app for Windows 10 now does calls

Facebook's Messenger app for Windows 10 now does calls Facebook has quietly upgraded its Messenger app for Windows 10 with the ability to make voice and video calls, VentureBeat has discovered. No more leaving the app to ring up a friend through a browser. If that new-but-familiar phone or camera icon th… Source: Engadget Link: […]

Desperate Publishers Are Paying Celebrities to Post Their Articles on Facebook 

Desperate Publishers Are Paying Celebrities to Post Their Articles on Facebook  It seems that some publishers have found a nice little loophole to avoid violating Facebook’s terms of service for sponsored content. An entire industry has popped up around paying celebrities to share articles without indicating that the content is essentially sponsored. Read more… Source: […]

Facebook Messenger's New 'Conversation Topic' Feature Seems Creepy and Bad

Facebook Messenger's New 'Conversation Topic' Feature Seems Creepy and Bad According to Facebook, the Messenger app currently has around one billion users. Those users can do a lot of things: order flowers, play games, and bother everyone on their contact list with inane location updates. Now, if a new report is to be believed, users […]

White House encourages local governments to embrace chatbots

White House encourages local governments to embrace chatbots The Obama Administration receives thousands of emails, phone calls and letters every day. And, since August, American citizens have been able to contact the president through Facebook as well, thanks the the White House's Messenger bot. Now, the admi… Source: Engadget Link: White House encourages local governments […]

Facebook App Gains Video Streaming Support for Apple TV

Facebook App Gains Video Streaming Support for Apple TV Facebook yesterday announced an update to its flagship app that lets users stream video from their iOS device directly to an Apple TV. Now, when a video is selected in the app’s news feed or from the Saved tab, a small button appears in the top […]